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are more serious. >>> the federal surveillance corp. that has jurisdiction over the nsa ordered it to destroy after five years all the call data records that it gathers on innocent americans. it did not do that. there were several thousand files. >> reporter: the agency said in a state to nbc news, when nsa makes a mistake in carrying out
made. the nsa says it has 300 employees whose job is to work on preventing the breaches and beef up compliance.
the president didn't count on including the leaking of this nsa program, the series of programs he's got to defend and try to reform. you mentioned gun control, other issues. i also think he has some of these interact problems especially with issues like immigration. this is the legacy item, this is a big campaign item and it does not appear to be heading in the direction that the president would want, let alone the fact you refer to the budget and continuing to fund the government, that comes up in september. we could see repeat then of fights we've seen over the last couple of years. >> in his news conference president obama practically dared republicans to shut down the government. is the president gearing up for a showdown with congress when it returns in september? >> i think he is. i think there's a different strategy too. i think you're seeing it from the president who's out there traveling around saying that they want to -- republicans want to cut programs that are necessary for people, that the sequester is an undue burden, part of an irrational scheme of cutting spending in was
with congress to reform the nsa program that collects telephone data mandating more transparency by the court. creating a team of private citizens including activists to review the program. chuck todd asked president obama if snowden is a leaker or a patriot. here is what he had to say. take a listen. >> i don't think he was a patriot. as i said in my opening remarks, i called for a thorough review of our surveillance operations before mr. snowden made the leaks. >> reporter: now president obama also, for the first time, addressed his decision not to meet with russia's president, vladimir putin on the sidelines of the g-20 summit. a number of factors went into that decision, including edward snowden. he down played tension between him and his russian counter parts. >> i know the press likes to focus on body language. he's got that slouch, looking like the bored kid in the back of the classroom, but the truth is when we are in conversations together, oftentimes it's very productive. >> reporter: now, reaction to the president's new transparency measures came in swiftly before he finished speak
overnight, the nsa intercepted e-mails and tracked phone numbers of innocent americans thousands of times in violation of its own rules. the latest on the newly revealed documents from edward snowden. >>> and the truth is out there. after years of secrecy the u.s. government finally recognizes the existence of area 51. prompting believers to once again ask the question, are we alone today, friday, august 16th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm savannah guthrie along side natalie morales. al is having fun today. he's at the iowa state fair. we'll check in with him in a few minutes. he's missing a great concert on our plaza. >> we just asked the question, are we alone today? not on the plaza. a lot of cowboy boots in that crowd. luke bryan is here in our 8:30 half hour. looking forward to that. >>> also ahead, 16-year-old hannah anderson made her first public appearance. she did it last night since the abduction or
thought, which is rare for me. now the nsa knows where i am. i was the only person left in america that they couldn't find. and now they can. >> was googling a rush? >> you know what? i was stunned how easy it was. and then i was stunned how great it -- what a wonderful tool it was. >> all right. >> but haven't done it since. >> so if you were home last night, "the voice" is on. now it's getting down to it. you guys. last night the final three performed. okay? so the winner is going to obviously be from this group. two of them are team blake. one of them is team usher. >> that means adam and shakira are out. >> just cheerleading. they are probably, like, so angry. >> first the swon brothers from team blake. ♪ even though we ain't got money i'm so in love with you honey everything will bring a chain of love ♪ ♪ in the morning when i rise bring a tear of joy to my eyes and tell me everything's going to be all right ♪ >> okay. a great advantage when you sing a song like that that everybody knows and everybody loves. the trouble is -- >> what? >> when you are in that singing co
and the case of nsa leaker, edward snowden. kerry will pass along details to president obama this afternoon. >> military officials in yemen say u.s. drone strikes killed 12 suspected al qaeda operatives yesterday. alleged militants died in three attacks. yemen on high alert after revealing an al qaeda plot. >> nonessential american personnel have been evacuated from the u.s. consulate in pakistan. the state department says the evacuation was carried out because of a specific threat to the consulate. it is now closed for the holiday from now until sunday. evacuation was announced the same day as the government warned all americans not to travel to pakistan. >> an expanneding manhunt across the western u.s. portion of the country right now for a kidnapping suspect who is also accused of murder. james lee dimaggio, suspected of abducting hannah anderson after setting his southern california house on fire with the girl's mother and likely her brother inside. an amber alert for anderson is now in effect in california, oregon, washington, and nevada. police say the 40-year-old dimaggio may be arm
the nsa over the last few weeks? >> i think that will be part of the debate. which is how do we come by this intelligence information? we are at a point where americans and both conservative republicans and liberal democrats are saying it is time to debate the extent to which we operate as a surveillance state in this country as a response to 9/11. when you have fresh warnings like this it begs the question, well, how do you think you came by the specific threat and intelligence stream without the tools. >> when we look at what's happening overseas, that's where the attention is focused is there anything to be concerned about here at home domestically? anything you have seen change over the last couple of days? >> my understanding is there's no credible threat directed against any target within the united states. the concern, the abundance of caution is the idea that the events over there, there may be an additional effort to inspire home grown terrorists like the two young men in the boston bombing. so the concern here is appropriate that we have seen those two young men operated be
scandal. according to a german magazine, the nsa secretly monitored the u.n.'s new york headquaters by haanizations video conferencing system. nbc's chief white house correspondent, chuck todd, is in wash with those details. >> good morning, tamron, that's right. edward snowden strikes again in documents leaked as you just noted. here's what we learned. the nsa was able to tap into a united nations video conferencing system. they were able to spy on the european unions delegation both to the united nations and other places and according to these documents, the nsa has a special collection unit. while that is about spying on and using some 80 u.s. embough seas and consulates as hubs to spy on various u.s. allies. now the timing of these leaks couldn't be more precarious for the united states. first of all in germany they're in an election year. so this is turning into a sticky election year situation for merkel and her relationship with president obama. but now he is in the middle of getting western allies in europe to side with him to do something with syria so the timing of this co
is releasing acknowledging that the nsa was ordered by a federal judge in 2011 to stop scooping up thousands of communication from americans with no connection to terrorism. the court ruled the nsa's actions were unconstitutional and ordered the agency to fix the problem. >>> embattled san diego mayor bob filner has reached a tentative deal involving a sexual harassment lawsuit. the 70-year-old mayor is facing allegations from at least 17 women. this is amateur video of filner leaving city hall on wednesday night. san diego city attorney says a proposed resolution has been reached, and will be presented to city council on friday. >>> fire fighting resources are being stretched to the limits, as crews continue to battle 50 fires, and out-of-control fire is threatening about 2500 structures near yosemite in california. and in idaho, the beaver creek has now burned more than 100,000 acres. nbc's miguel almaguer was given rare access, with the bird's-eye view with a veteran helicopter. >> reporter: this is just so critical. what makes it blaze so concerning after burning for two weeks is how muc
lives. >> such a hot topic these days. we've been learning a lot about the nsa surveillance program, but it's not just the government, there's private companies, even your cell phone. there's a number of ways to be tracked. we decided to do an experiment. we followed one person all day long. how much of their life would truly be private? you may be shocked by these results. also ahead, we've got day two of our look at how not to be awkward. everyone has been in this situation, right? hi, al. a little crowded right now in that elevator? >> just a bit. we're going to find out if there's a right way to handle those tricky situations when you're stuck with people and somebody fell asleep in front of you. >> get to know them, al. just get to know them. talk about your issues. >> make friends. >> al wants out. >> al, don't kind of skulk away. >>> also, music mogul and x-factor judge simon cowell reportedly going to be a first time father with his close friend's wife. we'll have the details. >>> let us begin this half hour with more on that legal victory for o.j. simpson that's tied to the
-on-one with vladimir putin, and the new tensions exist over nsa leaker, edward snowden, and the white house now saying the president will instead travel to sweden, and last night president obama said terrorists depend on us being terrorized, but we are going to live our lives. president obama made his first comments about the threat. >> it's significant enough that we are taking every precaution, and it's a reminder, that in all the significant steps we have made that this radical violent extremism is still out there, and we have to stay on top of it. >> we would not say whether the nsa surveillance programs tipped the u.s. off on it. >> i think the general rule is to snow common sense and use caution. >> what i say to them and what i say to president putin, is that's the past, you know, and we have got to think about the future. >> the president insisted he will attend the g-20 summit next month. >> if russia wants to uphold the olympic spirit, then every judgment should be made on the track or in the swimming pool or on the balance beam, and people's sexual orientation should have nothing to do with
as an analogy for the nsa's spying program. how americans should trust but verify. >> if i tell michelle that i did the dishes, now, granted, in the white house i don't do the dishes that much. but back in the day. and she's a little skeptical. i'd like her to trust me. but maybe i need to bring her back and show her the dishes. >> reporter: president obama came into the east room of the white house to talk about america's surveillance system. but he also came armed with a set of awkward anecdotes and mixed metaphors. it was a presidential play-by-play, off-the-cuff remarks, in real-time. and he didn't take it easy, even on himself. >> there's going to be glitches. no doubt about it. that's true, by the way, of a car company rolling out a new car. it's true of apple rolling out the new ipad. >> reporter: before the hour was up, he even asked a question of his own, to a "wall street journal" reporter, on the birth of her son. >> and, carol, congratulations on hudson. do you have pictures? >> reporter: now, there were serious moments, too. the ongoing terror threat, that frigid relationship with
of the nsa it's the right balance between our safety and personal liberty. >> and to change the constitution, you cannot do that. >> the mayor will appeal this decision. does he have grounds to appeal? >> he does have grounds to appeal however the policy that the court struck down was simply the manner in which we're doing it in new york. >> it's an uphill battle. >> let me move on. two people in the news making headlines for a spat they're having. the president of the united states and kris jenner of the kardashian family. the president was asked as if a boy or child he ever wanted things he couldn't afford or his family couldn't afford. he said i never felt i was deprived. were there things all of us might have liked to have? sure but partly think i tluz i was a shift in culture. we weren't exposed in the same way kids are these days. there was not the window into the life styles of rich and famous. kids weren't monitoring every day what kim kardashian was wearing or where kanye west was going on vacation and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success. >> unfortunately kid versus t
another big story. new fallout over russia's decision to grant nsa leaker, edward snowden, terror asylum. it's a move that's putting a greater strain on u.s.-russian relations this morning. jim maceda has the story for us in moscow this morning. good morning. >> reporter: edward snowden spent his first night in a secret location, and his father told the tphanews he is feeling better that his son is in safe hands. stranded for almost six weeks at this moscow airport and under siege by international immediate area in the end snowden slipped out by taxi. his lawyer who handed snowden his new refugee passport giving him asylum in russia for one year said his client wants to rest, learn russia and get a job, probably as a human rights activist. his father in an exclusive interview with nbc news said he still plans to see his son in russia as soon as he can get a visa and personally express his gratitude. >> i am thankful for the strength and courage of the russian people and the fact that they have reached out and they have kept my son safe. >> reporter: the american fugitive's asylum has cas
. clinton will travel to philadelphia, to take on another hot-button topic. to take on security, nsa programs and privacy. just as she was speaking before the a.b.a., disgraced mayoral candidate, anthony weiner, the last person clinton wanted comments on her campaign, processed to have inside information on hillary clinton 2016. at least as it relates to huma abedin, one of her closest advisers. >> do you know what her role in hillary clinton's 2016 campaign will be? >> i do. i'm not telling you. >> do you feel you damaged her place in that world? >> yeah. >> reporter: that was a blunder. hillary clinton has not yet made it official she is running for president. in a recent poll, anthony weiner broke a new record in new york. although, it's not the kind of record he would like to break. he became the most unpopular political figure on record in the state of new york. an unfavorability rating of 80%. >> hard to beat. thanks very much. >>> we turn to the incredible video of the moment a luxury resort was swallowed up by a sinkhole. it happened near orlando, florida. and dozens of frigh
the information is vague you'll take it seriously. >> but now what? this was gotten from an nsa intercept. wouldn't those folks who are planning this kind of operation then go underground? >> i think there's a possibility they will. look, the only resolution to a threat like this is taking the operatives off the battlefield. we may throw them off their game. maybe they'll delay for a month or a year but as long as terrorists like this started a plot, they will conclude it at some point unless they're taken off the battlefield. i'm sure of it. >> do you assume at this point that operatives may be in place for whatever is being planned? >> i wouldn't assume that. i would assume, though, if the operation is underway, they're at least thinking about putting people in places like, let's say cairo or jordan but i wouldn't assume they're there yet. >> some lawmakers on the sunday shows yesterday said this intelligence information reminds them of the situation prior to 9/11. you were there. what do you make of the comparison. >> i think we ought to settle down a little bit. we have been at this 12 years.
snowden nsa leaks case. they detained the partner of the reporter that first revealed the leaks. david miranda was held under schedule 7 of the terrorism act which allows security agencies to stop and question people at boarders. he was released after nine hours of questioning and was not arrested. now to wall street and what is moving the markets on this monday morning. jackie joins us. good morning. >> gas prices, aaa says they are down a penny from last week, but 14 cents from a month ago. the national average for a gallon of regular, now $3.53. one research firm saying internet traffic around the world dropped 40% when google experienced a brief outing on friday evening, and the will the dow rebound from the worst week of the year? or was last week's drop a sign of more pressure to come? wall street is watching, natalie. >>> we'll be watching. thank you so much. more proof this morning that being a reporter can be a dangerous job even if it's covering a sporting event. this was last night at a new york giants, indianapolis colts preseason game, pam oliver was getting ready for an i
did not request miranda's detention. greenwald is the reporter who exposed the details of the nsa surveillance program. >>> now to idaho, where authorities are allowing evacuees to return home. miguel is in ketchum, idaho. >> reporter: this is one of the most iconic most historic towns in this region. today because of the work of firefighters it and thousands of homes in this area are safe for now. not far from the heart of idaho's massive inferno, today firefighters are gaining ground, containment lines protect communities in the path of the fire. only one home lost, thousands saved. the "x" factor here, wind. worried flying embers will spread fire, a fleet of 30 aircraft have pounded the fast-moving blaze. the fire fight in the air is just as dangerous as it is on the ground. pilots face thick smoke and stiff winds, but their role in this firefight is critical. the aerial assault protected towns like sun valley but the community is now a ghost town. this man opened his restaurant doors last year but the fire has crippled his business. >> right about now, this time of year, stree
surveillance may be broader than has been disclosed. a report in the "wall street journal" says the nsa is able to cover 75% of all u.s. internet communications. the agency is interested in messages that either begin or end outside the country, but their capacity is so broad that solely domestic communications can be swept up in the net. today in maryland army private first class bradley manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison and was dishonorably discharged he had been convicted of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents in what has been called the largest such leak of secret files in history. >> a teacher who ordered her kindergartners to hit a fellow student has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years probation. cynthia ambrose wanted to teach a 6-year-old boy what it felt like to be bullied so she lined up the kids to slab him. the school district suspended ambrose in may of last year. >>> the pitcher who beaned alex rodriguez has been fine and suspended. the incident on national tv has been ruled intentional. red sox's ryan dempster will miss five games and pay an
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